Degenerate Double Meanings in Pop Songs

From First Thoughts

Peter is right. Most songs by the Stones have double meanings about drugs. “Brown Sugar” not only references sugar and molasses, but also obviously refers to African women sold on the market as slaves—disgustingly sold as things, But the song even more refers to a brown version of . . . . Continue Reading »

Waiting on a Friend

From First Thoughts

So perhaps you were like me and always wished you were in a really cool rock band. I kid about this, but only mildly. Regardless, the rock band turned out not to be the case anyway. And good for you and me that any jackass like me and my friends who wished to make simple music did not go that route . . . . Continue Reading »

A Week in Oaxaca

From First Thoughts

So I gave a lecture on the problems of liberalism to the law school of Benito Jaurez in Oaxaca. Here is a school that reads Rawls and even has a professor who has written a book length account in Spanish of Rawls. They are good academics, but they are not persuaded by Rawls’ truth When I heard . . . . Continue Reading »

A Difficult Climb Toward the Incline

From First Thoughts

As the all “girl”/women band Raining Jane puts it in their song “ Incline ,” it is hard to be true and honest when one finds oneself in struggle uphill. One ought to be open to the incline. In this song, Raining Jain attempts to present such a struggle uphill in the form of . . . . Continue Reading »

Not Gonna Happen

From First Thoughts

I could go back through the history of my comments on this blog in regard to the Republican presidential campaign, and I could count how many times I have said that this or that is “not gonna happen” and have been proven wrong. Wishful thinking (even if against my own wishes), coupled . . . . Continue Reading »